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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Reputed mob associate from Lodi pleads guity to violating terms of supervised release

A reputed mob associate from Lodi pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating the terms of his supervised release and had nearly two years tacked on to a six-year state sentence.
Citing a criminal history of more than 20 arrests and 13 convictions, U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares imposed a 21-month sentence on John Paladino, 45, which will begin once he completes his state prison term.
Paladino, a reputed Genovese mob associate, pleaded guilty in 1999 to a federal loan-sharking conspiracy count and a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was sentenced to five-year consecutive terms on each count, plus three years of supervised release.
He was freed in 2007, but in late 2009, while still on supervised release, he was arrested by state authorities in a loan-sharking and credit-card scam in which restaurants in Clifton, Fort Lee and Caldwell were coaxed into ringing up bogus charges on customers’ credit cards to repay delinquent loans.
Paladino pleaded guilty to conspiracy, theft by deception and wrongful credit practices and was sentenced last month to more than six years in prison.
Appearing in federal court in Newark in a green prison jumpsuit, his wrists and ankles shackled, Paladino told Linares he violated a condition of his release that barred him from committing any federal, state or local crime.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Schwartz, who prosecuted Paladino in 1999, told the judge he had an opportunity to turn his life around after he got out but when things didn’t go his way he resorted to crime.



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